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https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2019/08/01/wfc-transfer-gk-chituru

 

Whitecaps FC transfer goalkeeper Chituru Odunze to Leicester City FC

 

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that the club has signed Development Squad goalkeeper Chituru Odunze to an MLS contract and transferred him to English Premier League club Leicester City FC. The agreement includes performance bonuses and Whitecaps FC will retain a percentage of any future transfer fees. Odunze has joined the Leicester City FC Academy for their preseason camp in Poland.

Odunze is the ’Caps 18th Homegrown signing in the MLS era and fourth academy product transferred to a European club.

“We are very proud of the player that Chituru has developed into, both on the pitch and off,” said Craig Dalrymple, Whitecaps FC player development and Academy recruitment director. “This is a fantastic opportunity for him, and another milestone for the club in terms of our development structure. In less than a year of the Development Squad, we have already seen Thomas Hasal signed to the first team and now Chituru transferred to a top-tier English club. We wish Chituru all the best in this exciting new challenge.”

 

Odunze, 16, joins Leicester City FC Academy after a two-week trial in January. The 6-foot-7 goalkeeper originally joined the ’Caps MLS Academy as a 14-year-old from Calgary, Alberta in January of 2017. During his time in the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System, Odunze made 31 appearances in the Development Academy (DA) league, while also playing a key role with the U-17s at the 2019 Generation adidas Cup.

“It’s a dream come true to take the next step in my career at a big club like Leicester City FC,” said Odunze. “I’m really grateful for everything that Vancouver Whitecaps FC have done for me. I would like to thank the coaches, staff, and my teammates for how they have helped me grow as a player, and especially Raegyn Hall and Jordan Santiago for coaching me as a goalkeeper.”

With the Whitecaps FC Development Squad, Odunze made four appearances, including the full 90 minutes in the June 8 international friendly against South Korean side Daejeon Citizen FC.

 

At the international level, Odunze – who holds Canadian, United Kingdom, and United States citizenship – has been a regular member of the U.S. U-17 men’s national team, making two starts at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship tournament.

Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Odunze previously played at Calgary Foothills FC, Calgary Blizzard, and Calgary Villains. Growing up in London, England, he spent three years in the academy of Chelsea FC, and later at Cardiff City FC and West Ham United.

For more information on the Whitecaps FC Development Squad, visit whitecapsfc.com/devsquad. For more on the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System, visit whitecapsfc.com/academy.

 

TRANSACTION: Vancouver Whitecaps FC sign goalkeeper Chituru Odunze to an MLS contract and transfer him to English Premier League club Leicester City FC on August 1, 2019.

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This is the lad who I told you last week wasn't joining us!  That info came straight from someone who is with the squad he is joining up with.  Good sources aren't always accurate :blush:

 

#neverwrong

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1 minute ago, Ecdysiast said:

Jesus - I sure didn't look like that at 16 years old.... 6 foot 7, UK, US, Italian, Canadian citizen, feet the size of the world

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I opened this thread thinking must be a centre back, must be the development squad - happy for the slight surprise!

 

Johansson, Bosworth and this guy as the development goalkeeps I know about. Iversen now on loan.

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6 hours ago, Ecdysiast said:

Jesus - I sure didn't look like that at 16 years old.... 6 foot 7, UK, US, Italian, Canadian citizen world at his feet.

Italian? You mean Nigerian...

Both first and surname are Ibo (Nigerian) names!

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5 hours ago, Fightforever said:

Well I think if he ever comes good and makes some apperences for us he woiuld be the tallest pl player. Bar that anyone seen him play?

Same height as Peter Crouch, currently. 

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is it just me that doesnt understand the deal at all, is he on loan? is he ours? what? do we have some kind of relationship with the whitecaps?

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5 hours ago, Beliall said:

is it just me that doesnt understand the deal at all, is he on loan? is he ours? what? do we have some kind of relationship with the whitecaps?

From what I can gather, having been in their academy, he signed a pro contract with them at 16 so that they could sell him to us. But the wording of that article is awful so I may be wrong. 

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2 hours ago, cal21212121 said:

From what I can gather, having been in their academy, he signed a pro contract with them at 16 so that they could sell him to us. But the wording of that article is awful so I may be wrong. 

that would make sense but i was wondering if it was a roster problem, they had to sign him to keep him but they cant register him because of salary cap or something so they loaned him to us like we did with leuven. but then they mention future transfer fees so, i guess they still have some rights. the article is terrible

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